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The Souls of Animals Paperback – June 1, 2007
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Whether investigating the emotional lives of other species, de-mystifying the faith of America's Founding Fathers, unpacking the Bible or pondering the frontiers of modern physics, Gary's work centers on the connection of spirit and nature ... acknowledging our kinship with each other and with a universe that is passionate, evolving and alive.
To contact Reverend Kowalski, visit his website at www.kowalskibooks.com.
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1. That these notions are best left up to the individual to derive meaning from since encounters with animals are often a very personal interaction with nature and the universe.
2. His insights and the conclusions he draws from the behavior of animals is a shortcut to thinking. Personally I find the behavior of animals to be more in alignment with the flow of energy in the universe not some individual egoistic predilection (I refer to "some bovines like Bach, some like to boogie")
This is not a serious look at the souls of animals - if it were he would have to also look at the soul of everything around us - if there is consciousness in animals then there is also consciousness in plants, in rocks, in water...Which there is - but he has not gone there - the depth of his exploration is shallow.
Additionally he describes himself (as a pastor) as a "late 20th century shaman". Having personally apprenticed myself to an actual shaman for over 10 years I find this to be laughable - it takes more than a slipshod exploration of some basic questions about the "meaning of life" to be a shaman. He waffles on about the watering down of the word soul citing books such as "chicken soup for the soul" , then waters down the true nature of shamanism with this assertion. His biggest error is his propensity to draw meaning from the situations he describes in a way where he makes out he knows what's really going on...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very interesting book, telling experiences and facts of animals,
and their intelligence :)
Nice but not beyond that. Look for better books about dogs; namely by Temple Grandin, Patricia McConnell and many others.Published 12 months ago by Bilgi
Read the Op-Ed article, THE SOULS OF ANIMALS published in Pennsylvania's Mercury newspaper. This article reveals that the Bible teaches animals have a soul, not as advanced as... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Babu
Profound and easy to read... helps people reconnect with nature and acknowledge the eternity inherent to our shared soul.Published 15 months ago by Raul
This author seems genuinely to respect animals, and strives to convey some of their complexity, which we humans don't seem to grasp. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mary Z Kohak
From reading this I'm convinced that our beloved animals will be there to greet us one day when it is our turn to pass into eternity.Published on February 1, 2014 by Fjk433
Very well written, with each chapter presenting a question about animals' ability to love, be aware of death, have self awareness, etc. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by FrancesM